Living Things from Hands-On Science: An Inquiry Approach completely aligns with BC’s New Curriculum for science. Grounded in the Know-Do-Understand model, First Peoples knowledge and perspectives, and student-driven scientific inquiry, this custom-written resource:
- emphasizes Core Competencies, so students engage in deeper and lifelong learning
- develops Curricular Competencies as students explore science through hands-on activities
- fosters a deep understanding of the Big Ideas in science
Using proven Hands-On features, Living Things contains information and materials for both teachers and students including: Curricular Competencies correlation charts; background information on the science topics; complete, easy-to-follow lesson plans; reproducible student materials; and materials lists.
Innovative new elements have been developed specifically for the new curriculum:
- a multi-age approach
- a five-part instructional process—Engage, Explore, Expand, Embed, Enhance
- an emphasis on technology, sustainability, and personalized learning
- a fully developed assessment plan for summative, formative, and student self-assessment
- a focus on real-life Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
- learning centres that focus on multiple intelligences and universal design for learning (UDL)
- place-based learning activities, Makerspaces, and Loose Parts
In Living Things students investigate plants and animals. Core Competencies and Curricular Competencies will be addressed while students explore the following Big Ideas:
- Plants and animals have observable features.
- Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
- Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
Other Hands-On Science books for grades 3–5
Properties of Matter
Properties of Energy
Land, Water, and Sky